“Beautiful and seductive, protective yet dangerous, the African water deity Mami Wata (pidgin English for “Mother Water”) is often portrayed as a mermaid, a snake charmer, or a combination of both. She and related African spirits dwell in rivers, seas, and other bodies of water. Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas explores five hundred years of the visual culture and history of Mami Wata, honoring the essential, sacred nature of water.” (from the introduction to the exhibition)
In addition to honoring water in art and folklore, the curator for this exhibition has pulled together a series of speakers and events, from many campus departments and venues, to expand our appreciation for a vital resource. Visit the online exhibitions page or print the flyer to plan your visit.
Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and its Diasporas
Chazen Museum of Art, October 18, 2008 – January 11, 2009
Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.